Education: Academic Common Market

The Big Ten is an alliance of Midwestern universities dedicated to beating one another's brains out on the gridiron. Like the Ivy League, which football also launched, it may soon be known more for minds than for muscles. Last week the Big Ten schools, joined by an ex-member, the University of Chicago, agreed to link their graduate facilities in the world's biggest "academic common market."

The Big Eleven.* which together grant about 30% of the nation's doctoral degrees, have mulled the idea since 1957, when they formed the Purdue-based Committee on Institutional Cooperation, which aims to cut the rising cost of research...

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